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Indigenous Artist in Residency Program

As part of its commitment to provide more opportunities for Indigenous artists, The City of Calgary Public Art Program invited Treaty 7 and local urban Indigenous artists for a three-month long residency from July to October, 2017. This research-based residency included community and stakeholder engagement, public presentations and the development of proposals which may inform future public art commissions.

This residency is designed to provide dedicated research time for Indigenous artists interested in working within a Municipal Government context and in pursuing public art as part of their practice.

Purpose of the Indigenous Artist Residency:

Each artist in residence received a stipend of up to $12,000 for the three-month residency period, proposal development and public presentation.

The following three artists were selected by a selection panel for this residency:

Danielle (Danni) Black, or Sui Taa Kik (Sue-Da-Gee) is a Niitsitapi Two-Spirit filmmaker, writer, and grassroots community organizer. She founded the Treaty 7 Film Collective, writes for FREQ magazine covering Indigenous focused topics. Her research for the residency is focused on Indigenous youth and their relationship to their language while growing up in urban settings.

A Tsuu T'ina Elder from Tsuutina Tribe situated on the south west section of the city limits of the City of Calgary, Marina Crane (Hapan Kinyewakan) is an emerging artist, working primary with healing, spirituality through traditional teaching, and ritual abuse topics within Indigenous people as it pertains to exploitation of indigenous girls and women.

Sheldon First Rider a Blackfoot Elder from the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta, is researching and further developing stories shared by his grandfather, Blackfoot Elder and storyteller George First Rider, as well as the stories of his people passed down through generations of ancestors.

On June 22, 2018, an Artist Talk took place in the City Hall Atrium where the artists shared the results of the work.